Access and Cybersecurity: striking the right balance for the future
With unprecedented regulatory attention being given to DNS abuse, collaboration between the domain industry and policymakers is crucial. This is why CENTR brought together key industry leaders to reflect on collaborative strategies to balance cybersecurity and growth, ensuring a secure and reliable online experience for users across Europe and beyond.
CENTR hosts event on access and cybersecurity in the European domain space
Brussels, 7 February 2024 – CENTR, the association of European country code top-level domain registries (ccTLDs), yesterday hosted an event on access and cybersecurity, where speakers discussed the role of the internet infrastructure actors such as ccTLDs registries in online security, stability, and resilience.
CENTR Publishes Repository of Registrars
CENTR has developed a dataset of Registrar organisational details and legal structures. To query the data, we have created a tool where you can lookup a registrar by name to view its details and links, if any, to other organisations.
EU Policy Update – Outlook to 2024
In a nutshell: Belgium took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the remainer of the current legislative term. The European Commission is looking into limiting cookie banners, has launched a package of measures to support AI innovation, and is gathering public feedback on application of the GDPR. The European Parliament moves on the Financial Data Access initiative. Geographical indications protection regulations enter the road to implementation. The co-legislators are expected to officially adopt the new EUID Regulation and the AI Act. EU is preparing for elections in June 2024.
CENTR Jamboree 2024 – call for proposals
The CENTR Jamboree 2024 is all set to take place in the beautiful city of Copenhagen from May 29th to 31st, and you are invited to be a part of it!
EU Policy Update – November 2023
In a nutshell: The European Parliament urged the European Commission to reform EU administrative law and digitalisation. The Council of the EU adopted a set of recommendations on enabling factors for digital education, endorsed the agreement on the proposal for a Regulation on geographical indication protection for agricultural products, and agreed on a common position on targeted amendments to the Cybersecurity Act. The European Commission published an implementing regulation for transparency reporting under the Digital Services Act. The NIS Cooperation Group published guidelines on coordinated vulnerability disclosure. The co-legislators reached an agreement on a number of legislative proposals, including the European digital identity regulation and Cyber Resilience Act. The Data Act was adopted.
Reflecting on a Year of Progress: CENTR Chair's Report
As we approach the end of another eventful year, it's time to reflect on the journey we've undertaken as part of the CENTR community. In this Chair's Report, I'll dive into the highlights and key takeaways from our 2023 activities and discussions. Despite facing challenges, we've made significant progress towards shaping the future of CENTR and strengthening our partnerships.
CENTR Report on IETF118
The 118th IETF meeting took place in Prague between 4 and 10 November 2023, with more than 176 sessions, a 2-day hackathon and various side events. Marco Davids from SIDN Labs attended the meeting and has written a summary of the main points of relevance for CENTR members.
Paving the path towards the internet of the future: why should EU policymakers care about existing internet infrastructure?
While the EU is setting priorities for the development of the internet of the future and Web 4.0, the European internet infrastructure providers, such as country-code top level domain registries (ccTLDs) such as .fr for France and .ee for Estonia, continue delivering a stable and reliable service to keep the internet up and running. While we are picturing the effects of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and immersive realities on the user experience online, it is easy to overlook the critical role of the foundational pieces of the internet infrastructure, such as the Domain Name System (DNS), that allowed the internet to scale and develop through many stages of its over 40 year old history. Ahead of the EU elections 2024, and looking back at the legislative attention that the DNS has received in the recent years in the EU, European ccTLDs suggest concrete principles that in our experience will help deliver the internet of the future that remains open, interoperable, and human-centric.
Towards a Stronger Internet: CENTR Principles for the Next Digital Decade
On November 14th, during the 2023 Annual CENTR Meeting (GA70), CENTR members adopted "Towards a Stronger Internet, Principles for the Next Digital Decade". In the context of the 2024 EU elections and the new mandate of European policymakers taking office, CENTR's Principles outline the European ccTLDs' proposed approach to safeguarding Europe’s digital future in the upcoming decade.